TravelEx is an EIT RawMaterials Wider Society Learning project. Its object is to set up an exhibition about mining and raw materials in society, which provides accessible and general information to public. TravelEx aims to increase public awareness about the importance of raw materials to society. The exhibition is aimed to children aged from 8 to 14-17 years old. The exhibition will be 200 m2 and it is available for rent in three national museums during the project for a 4 to 6-month period. The exhibition is planned to last 5 years of which 2.5 years as a part of Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC).
The exposition consists of interactive participatory activities and workshops, which allows the visitors to actively participate in the exhibition. Through an immersive environment (as a mine décor for example), high technology workshops (like augmented reality and virtual experiments) and also hand-on workshops and experimentations, the visitors become aware of where metals can be found, how to extract them, and which common devices they are absolutely necessary to do so. Generally, the exhibition provides a critical view on possible shortages in the future and the necessity to improve techniques on exploration. The exposition consists of following themes:
• What are raw materials?
• How are they formed?
• What is raw material made for?
• Where can we find the resources?
• Are our resources limitless?
• What are the materials used in everyday life products?
• What are the jobs depending on the availability of raw material sector?
The use of multimedia technology and hands-on approach will allow the visitors to be active in the exhibition and not just an audience.
The project started in January 2018 and will last until the end of December 2020. The project partners are:
• Université de Lorraine, France (Lead Partner)
• BRGM, France
• Tallinna Tehnikaülikool (TTÜ Tallinn University of Technology), Estonia
• Universidade Nova de Lisboa (New University of Lisbon – FCT NOVA Faculty of Sciences and Technology), Portugal
• University of Oulu, Finland
• Czech Geological Survey, Czech Republic